Fri 8/7: Part 1 – The UN and Amnesty International are calling out the U.S. for violations of BLM protesters’ human rights. Call your legislators.

Action:  – Call your representatives!  “YES” on HR 7315! ” Protect our Protestors Act of 2020″

This is humiliating. Under Trump, “the shining city on the hill,” now merits 14 pages in the World Report on Human Rights Violations. (pages 602 to 616).

Amnesty International urges Congress to pass HR 7315 – the Protect our Protestors Act of 2020 and for all law enforcement agencies to revise their policies and practices for the policing of protests, and  comply with international human rights standards, including the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, the guiding principles underpinning all operations before, during and after demonstrations. Continue reading “Fri 8/7: Part 1 – The UN and Amnesty International are calling out the U.S. for violations of BLM protesters’ human rights. Call your legislators.”

Mon. 7/20: In honor of John Lewis. “Wake up, America, wake up! For we cannot stop, and we will not be patient.”

We are one people; we are only family. And when we finally accept these truths, then we will be able to fulfill Dr. King’s dream to build a beloved community, a nation, and a world at peace with itself.” – John Lewis. Great photo essay her)

Action #1: Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis.

Sign this petition to Governor Kay Ivey. Almost half a million have signed on by this morning.

It’s far past time to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon that nearly gave his life on that bridge,” said Michael Starr Hopkins. “Edmund Pettus was a bitter racist, (Confederate general and leader in the Alabama Ku Klux Klan), undeserving of the honor bestowed upon him. As we wipe away this country’s long stain of bigotry, we must also wipe away the names of men like Edmund Pettus.”

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, now a National Historic Landmark, was the site of the brutal Bloody Sunday beatings of civil rights marchers during the first march for voting rights. The televised attacks were seen all over the nation, prompting public support for the civil rights activists in Selma and for the voting rights campaign. After Bloody Sunday, protestors were granted the right to continue marching, and two more marches for voting rights followed.”

Action #2: Senate – Pass  H.R.4 – Voting Rights Advancement Act and rename it as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!

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“Wake up, America!” #BLM protests & other antiracist, anti-fascist & pro-democratic things to do…

Weekend Edition – Sunday 9/27 – We are rising.

The last time Americans united against fascism, over 400,000 of our troops died – soldiers of all races, political groups, religions and ethnicities. Never could those soldiers have guessed that a future American president, a corrupt and compromised authoritarian, would label anti-fascism “domestic terrorism” and condemn the press, Democrats and immigrants as enemies of the state.

So now we are united again, as “E-day” – November 3rd, approaches, to remove this fascist from our White House. His only weapons are lies. Our weapons are ballots and our strategies involve engaging voters and getting them to use their power.

We are keeping lists of opportunities to help – Phonebanking (there are several opportunities to do this TODAY!) Textbanking! Letter Writing! Postcards! along with other great things to do!: Click here. And because phonebanking seems the most unimaginable for us introverts, we’ve posted this video to show that we too can become very good at this.

Events happening today.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; It must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ MLK

  • We’re putting up information on local protests and actions by others we’re finding from informal sources. These listings are not endorsements nor guarantees as to time/place/type of protest or participant safety. Events can and have already been cancelled without notice.
  • Protest safely in the time of pandemic and police overreaction: Go here for resources on camera apps, equipment, what to know if you’re stopped by police.
  • Be sure you are counted. Be included on the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail at 2020census.gov
  • #BLM resources here and here.
  • For events happening after this weekend, see section below “Actions”.
  • POSTCARDS! Phonebanking! Textbanking! Letter Writing! and other great things to do!: Click here.

Sunday – 9/27 – ONLINE – “Spanish for Virtual Activists- (1:00-3:00 pm)

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Fri. 5/8: Update – Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Keep calling – this isn’t finished.

Quote from #irunwithmaud

Update 5/8/2020 – The Third Man: Thanks to the huge public reaction to the cellphone video of a young black man being murdered-while-jogging, the two men involved have finally been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.  We are waiting on whether the man who filmed the incident, William Bryan, will be charged, as well.

We also now know that the former attorney for the Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Alan David Tucker, was the one who released the video on Tuesday.

Continue reading “Fri. 5/8: Update – Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Keep calling – this isn’t finished.”

Wed. 5/6: Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Two actions.

Quote from S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Arbery family.

This post has been updated. Please go here for latest information and actions. 

Update 5/8: Thanks to the huge public reaction to the cellphone video of a young black man being murdered-while-jogging, the two men involved have finally been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.  We are waiting on whether William Bryan, the third man who followed Arbery, filmed the incident, will be charged, as well.

We also now know that the former attorney for the Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Alan David Tucker, was the one who released the video on Tuesday.

For all of you who took the time to sign the petition below and make calls and emails to protest this injustice, thank you. We shouldn’t have to ring phones off the desks, but we will.

Action – Sign the petition.

73 days ago, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year-old black man, left his mom’s home for his daily jog. He was chased down and killed by well-armed two white men, a retired police office and his son. Because of the lockdown constraints on local protests, Ahmaud’s family and friends worried that his brutal murder would go unnoticed and that no one would be held to account. But we have phones and computers and we, along with many others, have noticed. (Warning – the video below shows an innocent person being murdered. Skip over and go straight to the actions as necessary.)

Continue reading “Wed. 5/6: Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Two actions.”